If you sometimes have a feeling of déjà vu while walking around certain places in London, it may be because you have seen them in one of the many films or series shot in London. Indeed, from Bridget Jones to James Bond, the capital and its unmissable monuments have seen some of the most famous achievements of our time!
When we think of filming locations in London, the first ones that come to mind are those of Harry Potter, the world-famous British saga.
Just like Harry Potter, go to Regent’s Park and start your tour of London with the London Zoo and the famous Reptile House where Harry chats with a snake.
Then continue your journey to Westminster Station where Harry and Arthur Weasley are seen on their way to the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The Westminster station was closed for a full day for the filming of this scene.
Then cross Westminster Bridge and walk along the Thames to St Paul’s and the Millennium Bridge, destroyed by the Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
You can then head to the City to visit Leadenhall Market, which was the filming location for The Traverse Trail, where Harry buys his supplies for Hogwarts with Hagrid.
After that, head to King’s Cross and the famous Lane 9 ¾ to get to Hogwarts. You’ll also see the St Pancras train station where Harry and Ron fly over in the flying car in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets after missing the Hogwarts Express.
Fans of the saga can also visit Leavesden, Warner Bros. Studios and see Harry Potter models, costumes and other Harry Potter filming locations.
If you’re a Bridget Jones fan, head to Borough Market to see England’s most famous 30-year-old’s apartment. This one is on the first floor of The Globe bar. You can also take a tour of Borough Market where Bridget went shopping to cook her famous blue soup!
Underground station: London Bridge
Head to Notting Hill to discover the charm of its colourful houses and the setting for one of England’s most famous romantic comedies.
Unfortunately, the bookshop on Portobello Road, which inspired Richard Curtis, the film’s screenwriter, has closed. It is now a souvenir shop called ‘Notting Hill’ (142 PortoBello Road).
In fact, it is Richard Curtis’ house that was used for the needs of the film. However, the famous original blue door seen in the film was auctioned off for charity (280 Westbourne Park Road).
To finish your tour in style, you can take a stroll through the Portobello Market in the heart of Notting Hill. This is where one of the most famous scenes in the film was shot, in which Hugh Grant is seen walking through the seasons to Bill Withers’ Ain’t no sunshine.
The British capital is also known for having hosted the shooting of several of the James Bond films, the British spy with the serial number 007.
We can therefore see Daniel Craig in Trafalgar Square, then in the National Art Gallery in the film Skyfall. Or Pierce Brosnan in the film Die Another Day, near a fictitious underground station at the end of Westminster Bridge called “Vauxhall Cross” in reference to the MI6 building in Vauxhall.
The emblematic monument of these films remains nevertheless the SIS Building which is the headquarters of the British Secret Service, also known as MI6! It has appeared in many James Bond films, such as GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Skyfall and Spectre.
Richard Curtis also wrote and directed the film Love Actually which takes place in London and where the stories of the main characters are more or less linked. It is therefore possible to see many emblematic places in the capital where most of the scenes were shot.
The Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair was the location of Juliet and Peter’s wedding. This chapel is located near Hyde Park, in St Audley Street.
The mythical scene in the film, where Mark declares his love to Juliet with placards, takes place in St Luke’s Mews Street in Notting Hill.
The moment when Rowan Atkinson is seen as a salesman was filmed at the Selfridges store in Oxford Street, which opened in 1909 and is now a department store chain in the UK.
You can also see Trafalgar Square, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern, the OXO Tower and the Town Hall.